SpaceX's plan to build a global, high-speed wireless internet network using satellites has taken another step forward. The FCC approved the company's request to deploy more than 7,000 very-low-Earth orbit satellites for its Starlink network. It follows the regulator giving SpaceX the green light in March to launch 4,425 satellites.
When it's complete, Starlink will be comprised of almost 12,000 satellites that will blanket the planet with a persistent internet connection. That should mean people in rural areas or other locations where more traditional types of connections are impractical can access a network with promised speeds of up to 1 Gbps.
The article links to a November 15, 2018 FCC release FCC Boosts Satellite Broadband Connectivity and Competition in the United States. Which mentions approvals for several space companies and constellations.
In a Memorandum Opinion, Order and Authorization, the Commission granted SpaceX’s application with certain conditions, authorizing SpaceX to construct, deploy, and operate a new very-low-Earth orbit constellation of more than 7,000 satellites using V-band frequencies. The Commission also granted SpaceX’s request to add the 37.5-42.0 GHz, and 47.2-50.2 GHz frequency bands to its previously authorized NGSO constellation. The Commission’s action provides SpaceX with additional flexibility to provide both diverse geographic coverage and the capacity to support a wide range of broadband and communications services for residential, commercial, institutional, governmental, and professional users in the United States and globally.
Question: So I'd like to ask how low is VLEO? SpaceX's very-low-Earth orbit constellation of more than 7,000 satellites?
I haven't heard the orbit called VLEO yet, but it mush be a lot lower than the orbits of the original 4,425 approved, which are in the 1,100 to 1,300 km ballpark. See SpaceX's 4,425 satellite constellation - what's the method to the madness? for details.